Rated 2.2 out of 5 by 20
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Vince Incredibly difficult to wire
The positive: This does now come with a color-coded chart so you can tell which wires to attach to which terminals.
The negatives: The screw terminals are incredibly difficult to attach the 8 individual ethernet wires to. Furthermore, there is no cable strain relief, so after you've made all those delicate connections, the tiny wires can easily get pulled off by the slightest wrong move when you're stuffing the cable back into your wall box and screwing the cover plate to it.
November 3, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Allyman It works, but needs instructions! Read this first!
First of all let me say that the back of this product doesn't have the typical Keystone wiring configuration. No, it is NOT COLOR CODED! There are no instructions included or wiring diagrams!
There is a circular plastic block with colored wires running to 8 different terminals. None of the terminals are numbered either.
For those inclined; here are my instructions:
There are two basic wiring schemes used for Cat5 and Cat5e: T568A and T568B. Most connections in North America use T568B. In my photos, I used Cat5e cable which consists of 4 pairs of twisted wires: solid blue & white/blue, solid green and white/green, sold orange and white/orange, solid brown and white/brown. *** IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP EACH TWISTED PAIR TWISTED TILL MO MORE THAN 1/2" FROM EACH TERMINAL!!! Unraveling the twists defeats the purpose / speed / capacity of the cables and increases interference!
Trim the cable jacket back about 2" being careful not to nick any wires inside. Strip about 1/4" of insulation off each wire. Attach each wire to these specific terminals:
WIRE COLOR - TERMINAL
-white/orange - BLUE
-orange - ORANGE
-white/green - BLACK
-blue - RED
-white/blue - GREEN
-green - YELLOW
-white/brown - BROWN
-brown - WHITE
It's a tight fit keeping the wires twisted up close to each terminal, but it's doable. Hook up a Cat5 cable to the wall plate before installing to the wall just to ensure your connections are correct and tight.
This isn't the highest quality product, but you get what you pay for and it does work. You'd pay 3x - 4x more for something substantial. Hooking up the coax cable is simple enough.
Once it's installed, it is sturdy enough to undergo repeated connections.
If this product came with instructions and / or a wiring diagram, I'd have rated it higher. If CE Tech / Home Depot would make a Cat5 wall plate with a simple female connector on both sides (like the coax), it would be an incredibly simple and easy install.
June 10, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Odb718 Not even a pin-out so I could figure it out
There's no Pin-out of the wiring. It's near impossible to look and see which pin is the first pin. The color scheme is recognizable but doesnt lend itself to Cat5 which is what 99% of it's use will be for. The pinout seems to go counter-clockwise from the left which is pretty much standard. But it alternates from top to bottom, top to bottom, top to bottom until the end... I've never seen that...
The pin out should be
W - 1 - Brown
Br - 2 - Brown white
Y - 3 - Green
G - 4 - Blue white
R - 5 - Blue
Bl - 6 -Green white
O - 7 - Orange <<<omg color coded!!!
B - 8 - Orange white
For regular Cat5
Another negative is that the Coax cable screws in and pushes on the rj45 wires.
May 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SWB1 Great For DIY
I needed to run LAN cable from one room to another. I liked that this Wall plate had not only the LAN connector, but also included the coax connector for cable TV. The back of the LAN connector is connected to a LAN cable by screw terminals. No special tool is needed to connect the cable. Instructions are included including a wire chart that helps you determine which colored wire goes on which terminal. Installation was easy.
July 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AmatuerDIYguy Works great!!
Buying this product is the equivalent of buying an AC outlet from the bin at Home Depot, which does not come with instructions on wiring your house for AC and how to ground your circuit etc. Look, if you are installing CAT5 you are working with computer networking so you have choices of standards 568A and 568B which are basic color choices...this product does not pretend to make you a networking expert. So just like wiring your house, do your homework first or hire an electrician (or a network expert in this case). The product is in and working great. Not 5 stars because it was a little tough to work with the wires.
September 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SteveW Works fine and the instructions are included
This product is exactly as advertised. Yes, the colors of the wires do not match the standard colors and the terminals are not numbered. However, mine came with a small piece of paper (it was folded into a 2" x 3" paper), so that I think it was easy to miss. The instructions showed how to match up T-568B and T-568A to the product terminal colors.
June 9, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by laozhao difficult to work with
The Cat5 connector has to be cut and the 8 wires need to be screwed in individually. There is a color mapping between the wire colors of this device and the standard Cat5 wire color coding (see one of the reviews here). It might have been the Cat5 cable that I was working with. The individual wires kept on breaking after I screwed them in. I was not able to go to more than 2 wires without a breakage. So I concluded that I will never going to make 8 and decided to buy another product that the Cat5 connector just plugs in from the back, saving so much work and time.
August 24, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tommy Not Color Coded. Not CAT5 colors. No instructions
Without Allyman's instructions, I would have immediately returned this product. Home Depot should either use standard Cat5 colored wires for this product or print a conversion table on every box. Thanks Allyman.
December 26, 2014